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An opinionated guide to the best trails in World's top hiking destinations featuring trails that take you above timberline to turquoise lakes nestled in dramatic cirques, to passes with see forever views and to glorious alpine meadows filled with wildflowers.

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Southwestern Colorado

The San Juan Mountains around the towns of Ouray, Telluride, Silverton and Lake City is one of Colorado's best day hiking areas.

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Central Colorado

The Sawatch and Elk Mountains around Aspen, Leadville, Buena Vista, Crested Butte and Marble feature glacial valleys leading to vast alpine expanses and glistening lakes set amid soaring peaks.

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California's Eastern Sierra

This hiker's wonderland around Lee Vining, Mammoth Lakes, Bishop and Lone Pine, is crisscrossed by an incredible network of trails traveling through the John Muir and Ansel Adams Wildernesses, Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks.

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Glacier National Park

Glacier will delight hikers with over 700 miles of trails ranging from short nature walks to extended backpacks, traveling through some of the most spectacular and wild country in the Rockies.

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Wyoming's Wind River

The Wind River Range is a backpacker's paradise, running for 80 miles along the crest of the Continental Divide in west-central Wyoming.

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Canadian Rockies

The hiking trails of Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Kootenay and Waterton National Parks, along with Assiniboine Provincial Park, visit a wonderland of jagged, glacier-clad peaks, icefields, turquoise lakes and emerald green meadow

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Southeast Utah

Trails in Moab, Canyonlands, Arches, Grand Gulch (Cedar Mesa) and Bears Ears visit spectacular canyons, arches and spires carved into high desert plateaus.

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South Central Utah

Visit an astonishing landscape at Bryce National Park, spend days roaming the vast and rugged plateaus and multi-hued cliffs of the Escalante and the Grand Staircase and explore the hidden treasures of Capitol Reef National Park.

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Switzerland

The Valais and Bernese Oberland regions are a hiker's heaven of soaring peaks clad in glistening glaciers, verdant wildflower-filled meadows, charming alpine villages and world class resorts such as Zermatt, Saas Fee and Gindelwald.

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Featured Hikes

Upper Mill Creek Basin from the saddle

Sneffels Highline

Distance: 8.0 - 12.7 miles (Loop)

This is my favorite trail in Telluride featuring great views, two beautiful alpine basins and thigh-high wildflowers from mid-July to early August. Get an early start, take your time and enjoy this varied trail at a leisurely pace. Location: Near Telluride in Southwestern Colorado

Iceberg Lake

Iceberg Lake

Distance: 5.0 – 9.6 miles (RT)

This popular hike ascends a scenic valley to stunning Iceberg Lake, an aquamarine jewel cradled beneath a dramatic steep-walled cirque. Location: Many Glacier in Glacier National Park

Chesler Park

Chesler Park

Distance: 5.4 - 10.9 miles (Loop)

A long, entertaining circuit through a stunning landscape of sandstone spires, pinnacles, knobs, fins and monoliths surrounding a scenic expanse of desert grassland in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.. Location: Canyonland Natl Park in Southeastern Utah

Buckskin Pass View

Buckskin Pass

Distance: 3.4 - 9.2 miles (RT)

This popular trail climbs to a 12,462-ft. pass with breathtaking views of the 14,000-ft. peaks towering above the heart of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Visual delights include two stunning lakes and pretty meadows sprinkled with wildflowers. Location: Near Aspen in Central Colorado

View from Alta Peak

Alta Peak

Distance: 13.8 miles (RT)

Alta Peak offers some of the best views in the southern Sierras. From its lofty summit breath-taking vistas extend from the Sierra Crest, the Great Western Divide and the Kaweah Peaks to the foothills of the San Joaquin Valley. Location: Near Lodgepole in California's Southwestern Sierras

Garden Wall

The Garden Wall

Distance: 4.0 – 11.6 miles (RT/Loop)

A great hike along the western flanks of the Continental Divide with panoramic views of the Livingston and Lewis Ranges. Location: St. Mary in Glacier National Park

Great view of the fins located to the east of the trail.

Devil's Garden

Distance: 1.6 - 7.7 miles (Loop)

Seven amazing arches set amid a landscape of weird and wonderful sandstone fins, spires and knobs are the rewards for hiking the Devils Garden Trail, my favorite trail in Arches National Park.. Location: Arches Natl Park in Southeast Utah

View of Pilot Knob and the ridge to the west of Ice Lake

Ice Lakes

Distance: 7.8 - 8.2 miles (RT)

This great hike visits two gorgeous lake basins, passing wildflower-filled meadows and numerous waterfalls along the way. A dramatic ridge with towering peaks forms the backdrop for upper Ice Lake, nestled in an alpine wonderland. Location: Near Silverton in Southwestern Colorado

Sabrina Basin

Sabrina Basin

Distance: 7.8 - 13.4 miles (RT)

This is one of the best hikes in the Bishop area, visiting a series of beautiful lakes nestled in a dramatic basin of 13,000-ft. granite peaks. Location: Near Bishop in California's Southeastern Sierras

Horseshoe Canyon

Horseshoe Canyon

Distance: 7.2 miles (Round Trip)

A nice hike to the Great Gallery, a phenomenal Barrier Canyon style rock art panel in a remote, detached unit of Canyonlands National Park. Location: Canyonlands National Park in Southeast Utah

View of scenic Kane Gulch

Kane Gulch to Junction and Turkey Pen Ruins

Distance: 7.0 - 9.7 miles (Round Trip)

Grand Gulch is often likened to an open air museum of Ancestral Puebloan ruins and rock art. This trail offers a great introduction to the canyon, visiting Junction Ruin and Turkey Pen Ruin and passing a nice viewpoint for Stimper Arch. Location: Grand Gulch in Southeast Utah

Flowers growing by the outlet stream of Upper Blue Lakes

Blue Lakes and Blue Lakes Pass

Distance: 6.3 - 11.0 miles (RT)

Popular hike to three scenic lakes nestled in beautiful glacial basins set amid rugged ridges and peaks. Beyond the lakes the trail climbs to a dramatic pass on a ridgeline south of Mt. Sneffels (14,150-ft). Location: Near Ouray in Southwestern Colorado

Great views of Lizardhead and the peaks of the San Miguel mountains

Lizard Head

Distance: 7.6 - 11.7 miles (Loop)

One of the top hikes in the Telluride area, this scenic loop traverses the panoramic spine of Blackface Mountain on its way to the base of Lizard Head Peak (13,113-ft.), an eroded 400-ft tall spire shaped like the gaping maw of a lizard. Location: Near Telluride in Southwestern Colorado

View toward the western end of beautiful Columbine Lake

Columbine Lake and Pass

Distance: 7.0 - 8.9 miles (RT)

Little known hike climbs steeply through forest and alpine meadows to a stunning glacial lake set amid a backdrop of rugged 13,000-ft. peaks. Nearby Columbine Pass offers panoramic views of Bridal Veil basin and the Sneffels Range. Location: Near Silverton in Southwestern Colorado